Altaro states that it takes less than 15 minutes from the beginning of the installation to the first backup of a VM.
Let’s see if this is true… :)


  • Hypervisor:
    VMware vSphere 6.7 – 5.0
    Microsoft Hyper-V 2019 – 2008R2
  • Altaro VM Backup Server
    Windows Server 2019 – 2008R2
  • Altaro Management Tools (UI)
    Windows Server 2019 – 2008R2
    Windows (64bit) 10 – 7

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Lab environment:

  • VMware vSphere 6.7
  • Altaro VM Backup Server: Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Backupdevice: Synology Diskstation


  • Go through the wizard, accept the license agreement and (if needed) change the destination folder.
  • After the installation is finished, the management console can be started directly.
  • At the first start, the console asks which server to connect to. Since the console is executed directly on the server, select “This Computer” and “Login automatically on next run”
  • The Dashboard will guide you through the configuration with a step-by-step guide
  • Select “Add Hyper-V / VMware Host
  • Choose VMware vCenter Server
  • Add the vCenter FQDN und admin credentials for vCenter. You can use Test Connection to verify the correct settings.
  • At least confirm configuration an finish
  • After adding your host, you have to choose where the backups will be stored.
  • Initial you can select Physical Drive or Network Path. For Backup on the Disktation I choose Network Path.
    After you’ve created you first backup location, it is possible to add more destinations for offsite backup on e.g. Amazon S3 or Azure.
  • I’ve created a simple share on Diskstation and added it.
  • After finishing this step, the new backup location should be visible in dashboard.
  • Now you can Drag & Drop a virtual machine to the new backup location.
  • After that select the machine an click on “Take Backup”
  • The First Backup will take a few minutes (depending on the size of your vm)
  • On the dashboard you can follow the progress
  • After the process is finished you will see the allocated space and Dedup and Compression Rate of your first backup.

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